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Style Blogger Apologizes for Tone-Deaf Jewish Mausoleum Pics

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Photo via That's Chic
Photo via That's Chic

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In a case of an Onion article come to life, a Los Angeles-area style blogger has apologized for posting a photo shoot staged at a Jewish mausoleum on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Rachel Nguyen of That's Chic has since pulled the post, which show her posing in Carven high heels, a black Loup skirt and a white Maiyet button-down shirt in front of the mausoleum. Underneath the images, she wrote:

The contrast of finding myself in a place I never want to be, in an outfit that I will wear for the rest of my life is slightly disturbing. But that's what you get when you hang out with kids in their teens and want to explore anything and everything around. That though, is a refreshing perspective that you lose as you grow up. And with all the changes I'm implementing in my life, curiosity is back up on the chart of mindfulness. Thank you Aaron and Karissa for reminding me what it feels like to genuinely not give a fuck.
To her credit, Nguyen has put up an apology where she admits that the shoot was a bad idea and promises to better educate herself. And to be completely fair, this isn't the first time a fashion photo shoot of sorts has gone down in the Hollywood Forever Cemetary—James Franco shot a campaign there for 7 For All Mankind and the year before, Band of Outsiders used the space as the backdrop for one of their lookbooks. Though neither timed their release to International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yikes.

Without further ado, the apology:

In my last post (since removed), I posted pictures of myself posing in a cemetery with a "fuck it" attitude. I owe everyone a big humble apology.

This was a bad idea in general, but it also turned out to be really poorly timed. I thought I was being fun and irreverent at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near my home, not thinking much about the denomination of the graves behind me, but more so my frustration with the fashion-blogging community. I had no idea when posting this that it was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and that's on me. I'm ashamed of my own ignorance and insensitivity.

As soon as the first comment criticizing the post came in, I knew I was in the wrong and went to that reader's blog to apologize. Now I'd like to apologize to everyone and in particular anyone whose life or legacy was touched by the holocaust. While I can't take back this offense, I promise to better educate myself and be more sensitive going forward.


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